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Title: Developing the next generation of design for environment (DFE) tools
Author: Birch, Andrew
ISNI:       0000 0004 2745 5654
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2012
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Research on the incorporation of environmental considerations into product design is now into its third decade. A recognised way of reducing environmental impacts is through the adoption of DfE tools into the design process. These design tools are intended to assist the designer when attempting environmental design. The potential benefit of DfE tools is fundamental to the success of future design and manufacture. However, utilization by design specialists remains limited. Investigation of the structure and internal mechanisms present in DfE tools has painted a clearer picture for why some tools work well and why others do not. By understanding what makes some tools better than others it has been possible to distil the fundamental features and characteristics from the tools that perform the best, and develop the next generation DfE tool framework. Verification has been possible through quantitative analysis and user testing using a prototype tool, which exploits the framework. The increase in effectiveness could potentially reduce the time taken to conduct an environmental assessment of a product and therefore lead to tools with improved appeal, potentially improving adoption by designers in industry. The significance of this study is that it will lead to a better understanding of how designers interact with DFE tools and methods. By understanding this relatively unknown aspect of DFE tools it will be possible to design future tools to be more effective and useful for the designer.
Supervisor: Hon, Bernard; Short, Tim Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: GE Environmental Sciences ; TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)